Commercial Fittings

Hydraulic Fittings

Commercial fittings is a term that covers a very large number of individual pieces. These fittings come in a wide variety of materials and sizes and cover the entire spectrum of jobs in the marketplace. From kitchen sinks to space shuttles, commercial fittings may be needed to get the job done.

Uses for Commercial Fittings

Commercial fittings are used any place where pieces of pipe or hose must be connected, angled or otherwise manipulated. The type of fitting used and material of which it is made depends on the circumstances of the job. There are fittings used for high pressure, low pressure, water lines, fluid lines, refrigeration lines and drainage lines, just to name a few.

Some of the more common types of fittings used are:

Tee Fittings: Tee fittings have two outlets at 90 degrees from the main line. The connection to the various types of pipe can be made utilizing threads, solder, weld, clamps or solvent. For the most part, a tee fitting's main function is to redistribute the material flowing through the pipes. For instance, if you want to add a bathroom to your home, you would provide the flow of water by putting a tee fitting into a main line to feed the new construction.

Elbow Fittings: Elbow fittings simply create an angle of flow. The most common elbow fitting is 90 degrees, but they come in a variety of angles and materials.

Union Fittings: A union fitting simply joins two similarly sized pieces of pipe together in a straight line.

Reducing Fittings: Reducing fittings are used where a pipe of one size becomes a smaller or larger line on the other side of the fitting. Basically, if the flow of material needs to be lessened when going to a specific destination, a reducing fitting accomplishes this.

Plug Fittings: Plug fittings are used when the flow of material needs to be ended. A plug fitting fits snugly into the end of a pipe through the use of threads, solder, weld, adhesive or other means of security.

Types of Commercial Fittings

Commercial fittings come in every material type available. The best material for a specific fitting is completely dependent on the job the fitting will be handling. Some of the various material types and typical uses are:

Plastic - Plastic fittings are largely made of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) or PP (Polypropylene). Plastic fittings are used in drainage and sewage projects, as they cannot withstand large amounts of pressure. However, plastic is inexpensive, lightweight and pliable. Plastic fittings are also not utilized for any instance where they will be subjected to temperature extremes, as they do not hold up as well to heat or cold as their metal counterparts. Plastic fittings should not be applied to metal pipes.

Brass - Brass fittings are extremely versatile, as they are resistant to corrosion, can accommodate high pressure and, are reasonably priced for metal fittings. Brass is a soft metal, which is advantageous for securing threaded joints, as the soft brass material makes for solid, tight, connections.

Copper - Copper fittings are common when working with water lines. As a metal, copper is similar to brass, and the two work well together. Copper fittings are often soldered but they can also be threaded, as copper is very often used with compression fittings. Copper doesn't have a high tolerance for temperature extremes and can't withstand the pressure of other metals such as stainless steel.

Stainless Steel - Stainless steel is a very durable, strong metal. Stainless fittings can withstand great amounts of pressure and the stainless steel alloy is very resistant to corrosion. In practice, stainless steel fittings are very similar to brass fittings. Stainless steel fittings are commonly used to handle the high pressure of hydraulic lines.

Who Needs Commercial Fittings?

Workers in any type of construction, mechanized building or repair will be constantly using commercial fittings. Choosing the proper fitting involves determining the specifics of the pipes that the fittings must connect. There are fine lines between different types of work, such as water lines vs. hydraulic lines or vacuum lines vs. high pressure air lines. Fittings for these jobs may seem interchangeable, but they absolutely are not.

Choosing the proper fitting is absolutely vital for successful completion of a project or repair. A fitting that is used improperly can fail and result in huge monetary loss, as well as possible injury.

Because of the wide spectrum of commercial fittings, rarely do you find people with expertise in every aspect of these fittings. That is what makes the staff at Hydraulic Fittings USA stand out - they know everything about every type of fitting. Do not guess when choosing a fitting for your job. The professionals at Hydraulic Fittings USA are experts that are happy to help.

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